If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you may be looking for a nature-inspired dog name for your new family member. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best names inspired by forests, mountains, deserts and more.
Here are 79 of the best nature-themed dog names:
Best Nature Dog Names
If you or your pup love the ocean, this is a fitting name. In Hawaiian, Kai means “sea,” and in Japanese it means “shell.”
Geographically, a delta is known as a “wetland that forms as rivers empty their water and sediment into another body of water, such as an ocean, lake, or another river,” according to National Geographic. If you and your pup love to spend time near the water, consider this name.
You can’t get a more nature-centered name than Gaia. In Greek, Gaia means “the earth” and in Greek mythology, Gaia was also the goddess of Earth.
If your pup has blue eyes, or blue happens to be your favorite color, Indigo is a great name. This famous blue dye comes from the indigo plant, which has been highly treasured for centuries.
Literature fans may be familiar with transcendental author Henry David Thoreau’s series of essays called “Walden.” Thoreau turned to nature, specifically Walden Pond, and famously wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.”
If blackberries or raspberries are your thing, Bramble is the perfect name for your pup. Bramble is the name for prickly shrubs of the rose family.
If you are a citrus fan, or your pup has an orange hue, Alani is a super fitting name. It means “orange tree” in Hawaiian, as well as “precious.”
Besides being a cute name, the rue plant has quite a history and has been used for both medicinal and culinary purposes (it has a spiciness to it) by ancient Romans and the Catholic Church to bless parishioners. Its Latin name of “Ruta” comes from Greek, translated as “to set free,” referring to “its use as a chief ingredient in mixtures used as antidotes to poisoning.”
Cinnamon comes from a tree, and that cinnamon stick you stir your hot toddy with is actually the tree’s bark. Whether your dog is colored like the spice or you’re obsessed with sprinkling it on your oatmeal, it’s a great name to pay homage to both nature and the delicious spice.
Female Nature Dog Names
These soft, bright green plants cover forest floors and are synonymous with nature. They’re also some of the oldest plants to exist, with ferns appearing nearly 358.9 million years ago, per Britannica.
There may be nothing prettier (or sweeter smelling) than a meadow. If your pup loves to run through the grass or if you’re particularly fond of spending time in expansive fields, it’s the perfect name for your girl.
Willow trees are known to be “graceful and refined,” with their beautiful hanging branches and leaves. Not only do they offer amazing shade, but your pup may also enjoy napping underneath a Willow tree.
If your pup aspires to be an athlete, Laurel is a great name. A laurel is a small evergreen tree with dark green, waxy leaves.
If your pup is vocal, the name Wren may be fitting. Wrens are small birds known for their singing voices.
Ivy is the climbing vine that covers everything from gates to buildings. If your pup is a climber, or you just love the way Ivy (and your dog) looks, the name may suit her well.
More Nature Names for Female Dogs
Nature Names for Male Dogs
If you and your pup plan to spend time together taking in the great outdoors, a name that pays homage to your favorite camping spot, hike or body of water is a perfect choice.
Here are some of the best male nature-themed dog names:
If you and your pup plan to make lots of fires together, Flint is a fitting name. The ancient rock is an excellent survival tool.
Pay homage to the Caspian Sea with this cool-sounding name. The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest inland body of water with borders in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.
Whether you plan to take your pup on fishing excursions or float together down one, River is a fitting name for any water-loving pup.
This green plant has a sour (yet lemony) taste that culinarians may be familiar with. And if your pup tends to be a bit “tart,” Sorrel may be the perfect fit.
While the car may first come to mind, Bentley is actually an Old English word for “bent grass” and “woodland clearing.” So whether you love the car or your pup loves to spend time in the outdoors, it’s a fun name to go with.
This strong-sounding name is perfect for any pup that has a red or brown hue, just like the mineral itself that is found in North Africa, Sicily, Germany and Arizona.
More Nature Names for Male Dogs
Mountain Dog Names
If the mountains mean a lot to you, you may be searching for the perfect mountain-themed dog name for your pup. Here are a few to consider:
Forest Dog Names
If the forest has a special place in your heart, these names are the perfect way to pay homage to your happy place:
- Pine Cone
Tree Names for Dogs
Tree lovers may be looking for the perfect tree-themed name for their pup. Here are a few ideas:
Plant Names for Dogs
Whether you love to keep plants in your house, outdoor garden, or you just like to admire them in the outdoors, they are a great source for name inspiration. Here are some great plant-inspired dog names:
Desert Dog Names
If you identify with terrain that’s a little drier and less lush, these desert-themed names may be a good fit for your dog: